Antonio Rudiger Says He’s Flattered To Attract Interest From Bayern Munich

The 28-year-old central defender is out of contract next summer and is therefore free to open talks with overseas teams from as early as January regarding a possible move.

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Bayern, Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain have all been alerted to the situation and are ready to test Chelsea’s resolve for the Germany international, who played a key role in the club’s Champions League success last term.

However, Thomas Tuchel views Rudiger as a integral member of his squad going forward and the ex-Roma and Stuttgart man has reportedly been offered a bumper £120,000-a-week deal to stay on in west London.

Rudiger has kept Chelsea nervously waiting as he mulls over his options, but the centre-back dropped the biggest hint yet that he’s finally ready to put pen to paper on a new contract during a chat with Bild’s Christian Falk.

Asked whether he would like to return to the Bundesliga next summer, Rudiger replied: ‘I feel good at Chelsea where I am now, so that fits.

‘The interest from Bayern Munich honours me because that shows that I’ve done a few things right recently.’

Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann has repeatedly batted away questions surrounding a possible bid for Rudiger and the club’s sporting director adopted a similar approach when quizzed on the matter last week.

‘We are really well filled in the centre-back position,’ Hasan Salihamidzic told DAZN.

‘We have strengthened ourselves very well and brought in a top player in Dayot Upamecano.

‘Lucas Hernandez is here, Tanguy Nianzou is there and Benjamin Pavard can also play inside so we really are very, very well staffed.’

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Rudiger has made 159 appearances for Chelsea since arriving from Roma in a £29million deal back in 2017.

In that time, the German has helped the club win the Champions League, the Europa League, the FA Cup and the Super Cup.

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